The choice of Craig Button as the new general manager was one of the most well thought out decisions made by the Flames organization in a long time. His strong player personnel abilities are what Calgary needs because of their inability to spend copious amounts of money in the free agent market. Words have been chosen carefully by this man when he speaks to the public. He refuses to use words such as small market and financial restraint while saying that his team will be competitive through attention to detail and a positive attitude toward their future endeavors.
He realizes that this group is on the brink of playoff contention and if they do make the playoffs they could do some damage to some unsuspecting team. With a little tinkering to build a more balanced team and a shot of confidence to Freddy Brathwaite by trading J.S. Giguere and solidifying him as the number one goalie the team will have someone to rally around. In the past he has shown great insight on choosing players in the entry draft who have talent as well as character and team play. With his enthusiasm and realization that Calgary is a hockey town and every move he makes will be heavily scrutinized, Craig Button is up for the task. First round selections are the life blood of this organization and if the track record of the Dallas Stars in the last few years is any indication of what Button’s contribution to the Flames will be then they are in good hands. With his degree in finance the contract aspect of his job will not be a mystery even though it is his plan to hire a bean counter to handle most of the contracts.
Craig Button’s careful planning of whom to hire as a head coach may take him well past the draft. With so many candidates to choose from such as, former Flyers head coach Roger Neilson, Dallas assistants Rick Wilson and Doug Jarvis, assistant Dave Lewis from Detroit, former Jets G.M. John Paddock and Don Hay G.M./coach of the Tri City Americans.